And how is one supposed to take out a mortgage or even plan a monthly budget under those conditions?
The same as if they were on the dole or claiming benefits I suppose.
With regard to 12 hours a day shifts, then time off, isnt that what nurses do?
When we were grave digging we did exactly that, we could be flat out 7 days a week, digging on a Sunday as well, because next week there may not be one. Teaches you to budget. Dont spend a good weeks wages in one week, save some for next week.
Well, not really - as my daughter had no income for that summer at all - even with her very careful budgeting there was no way that her Student Loan was enough to cover the summer holidays as well as termtime. She needed a job for the summer and thought she had one - she's a hard worker and happy to be flexible - but to be contracted to work for a company but not given any work - an invidious situation for anyone.